khayelitsha toilets war in court

KHAYELTSHA residents will ask the court to force the Cape Town Municipality to rebuild open air toilets - they have been described as a throwback top apartheid - they demolished on Monday.

KHAYELTSHA residents will ask the court to force the Cape Town Municipality to rebuild open air toilets - they have been described as a throwback top apartheid - they demolished on Monday.

Advocate Themba Langa, who is representing the 61 people whose toilets were taken by the council on Monday, says he will plead with the court to get the metro to engage the affected parties.

The court challenge comes after the city's ANC Youth League secretary Loyiso Nkohla and 23 other people have spent two nights in Pollsmoor Prison, accused of inciting riots in protest against 's open-air toilets.

They were arrested early on Tuesday morning after they organised a blockade of the busy N2 highway in protest against the city's removal of the toilets.

Another group of 11 people, arrested on Tuesday afternoon, appeared in the Khayelitsha magistrate's court yesterday. Dozens of ANCYL supporters gathered at the court yesterday in a show of solidarity.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance's toilet troubles are spreading north of Cape Town, 140km up the N1 highway to De Doorns.

This time a refugee rights group has accused Western Cape Premier Helen Zille of leaving 300 displaced Zimbabweans in a camp without a single toilet.

A bitter squabble broke out yesterday between provincial officials and Braam Hanekom, spokesperson for People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty (Passop).

The provincial government is poised to close down the displaced people's camp in De Doorns, which sprung up last November when about 2000 Zimbabweans sought refuge there.

In an open letter, Hanekom lashed out at Zille after the metro allegedly removed all the toilets from the area on Tuesday.

But Ashraf Kafaar, a regional coordinator in the provincial department of local government and housing, claimed that the camp had 90 toilets, and that only 27 had been removed.

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